Giga Chikadze captured the biggest win of his MMA career earlier tonight (Sat., May 1, 2021) at UFC Vegas 25 live on ESPN2/ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the rising featherweight scored a vicious first-round TKO (liver kick) over veteran contender Cub Swanson.
Swanson came with a smart gameplan as he tried to work his way inside to eliminate Chikadze’s kicking game. It worked for a few exchanges before Chikadze adjusted and launched a snapping kick to Swanson’s body. Swanson instantly covered up and fell to the canvas. Chikadze followed with a few punches to the side of the head before the referee waved the fight off.
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This was the defining performance that Chikadze needed to make his move toward the featherweight top 10. The Georgian fighter is now 6-0 since joining UFC back in 2019 and has earned himself a pretty significant fight his next time out, which Chikadze hopes is a matchup with former UFC champion Max Holloway.
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